Obfuscate (337) - Minneapolis, - NOV 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can smell the spices in this one. First snowfall of the season so I decided to try my first winter beer of the season. Got this Ina make your own 6 pack. Not too impressed there are winter beers that are better.
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Aroma of fruit, toasted malt, and a bit of a nutty aroma. Flavor matches, very fruity. Almost a bit of a blueberry flavor at the end. Excellent beer.
eachnotesecure (86) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
If itís an old ale, but isnít high ABV, you might be disappointed. I was with this, as it had some promise but didnít deliver. The spruce notes are barely there and the overall taste, while not bad, shows nothing distinctive either. I donít need a pine tree to get some spruce, but a little more and a higher ABV would be nice.
superspak (3750) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 3/15/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berries, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berry, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berry, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
furthur (546) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pretty Amber, slightly orange creamy head. Aroma is malty caramel, slight orange, faintly minty. Taste is malty minty juicy. This isnít sprucy/piney like I expected. Finish is bitter sweet. Palate is quite rich for a "light" beer, carbonation subdued.
milewide (1824) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Spruce aroma and flavor is a laugh compared to http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/shorts-spruce-pilsner I only bought one bottle!
slowrunner77 (7877) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old ale? Really??
"pretty week beer underneath the spruce tips and all the other spices, but they are done well. maybe i just expect winter brews to be darker and/or stronger or more aggressive. pleasant enough, with a somewhat unique flavor profile. worth trying, at least every couple years."
alliance100 (1050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle - pours copper with off white head . Sweet caramel malt with a hint of spruce on the finish . Good .
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fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, a hint of pine, nice spicy notes and a little citrus. Flavor is toffee, dark caramel, sweet woody notes, sweet spruce, bready, fruity and spicy yeast, marmalade and a hint of ginger. Medium body, chewy feel, light to medium carbonation and still chewy, but slightly more syrupy finish. Really tasty stuff, a nice, sweet, but complex and still somewhat well balanced beer.
Rob101 (14) - - JUN 29, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I am blown away by this beer. Normally itís not necessarily my style of beer but this just wowed me. I thought that this was just a delicious Beer, the best Alaskan beer that I have had.